The Regional Materials Management Facility provides efficient, environmentally responsible disposal of non-hazardous solid waste for Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis and Hamilton counties. The state- of-the-art, double-lined landfill facility opened in 1992 and operates in full compliance with all applicable New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulations. The regional landfill accepts waste from permitted and approved haulers and does not take waste from individual residents.
Early in its history one of the Authority’s biggest challenges was to tackle the issue of safe, environmentally conscious waste disposal for the region. At the time, the region was facing population growth due the expansion of Fort Drum and the closure of many traditional municipal “dumps” that could no longer meet environmental guidelines. Working with its regional county partners, the Authority developed the regional landfill to help municipalities meet their waste disposal needs. Currently, about 200 of the site’s 1,500 acres are in use. Due to the numerous safeguards built into the landfill’s liner system, in 27 years of operation at the site, the containment system has never been compromised.
The regional landfill is located in the Town of Rodman in Jefferson County, and the town receives host community revenue-sharing payments from the Development Authority.
The beautiful, heavily wooded site is home to an abundance of wildlife which the public can enjoy on two, year-round recreational walking/hiking trails.
Reuse and Recycling
Over time it became apparent that the environmentally responsible operation of the landfill would also require a strong regional waste diversion plan to incorporate recycling and reuse into waste disposal. With its landfill partners Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties and the City of Watertown, the Authority has undertaken a number of recycling initiatives. The website, www.NorthCountryRecycles.org serves as a resource for residents and educators, to help them reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Successful reduction, reuse and recycling of waste cuts down on the materials going into the landfill, maintaining this resource for future generations. Each of the county partners are responsible for their recycling; no recyclables go to the regional landfill.
An outstanding example of the reuse of a waste product is the methane gas-to-energy plant on the landfill site. It’s a public/private partnership between the Development Authority and a private developer, Aria Energy, to use the methane gas generated by the disposal of waste in the landfill to produce electricity. The partnership achieves compliance for methane gas destruction while producing revenue that is shared with the host community of Rodman.
In 2018 the Development Authority launched new recycling initiatives for hardcover books and mattresses. See the North Country Recycles website for more information.
These photos show the new section of the landfill under construction. The right side of the photos show
where the current working face of the landfill is.
With receipt of the final necessary permits in 2018, work on the landfill expansion began in earnest. At current usage rates, the regional landfill is expected to be at capacity within a few years, necessitating an expansion in order to continue to provide reliable, environmentally sound disposal services for residents and businesses.
The new landfill cells will be constructed just to the south of the current landfill working area. Tree-clearing took place during the winters of 2018 and 2019. In late 2018, excavation began on the area where the new cells will go, as well as to pave the way for new perimeter roads. In 2019, grading will be completed and the liner for the new portion of the landfill will be installed. A leachate pumping station to serve the new cells will be built along with a replacement storage building. Additionally, capping will begin on a 13-acre portion of the current landfill. The new landfill cells are expected to start accepting selected waste during the latter part of 2020.